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ROBERT BURNS
Scottish poet
(1759 - 1796)
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As Tammie glow'red, amazed and curious,
  The mirth and fun grew fast and furious.
      - Tam o' Shanter [Merriment]

His ancient, trusty, drouthy crony,
  Tam lo'ed him like a vera brither--
    They had been fou for weeks thegither!
      - Tam o' Shanter [Friends]

Kings may be blest, but Tam was glorious,
  O'er a' the ills o' life victorious.
      - Tam o' Shanter [Victory]

Nae man can tether time or tide.
      - Tam o' Shanter [Time]

That hour o' night's black arch the keystane.
      - Tam o' Shanter [Midnight]

The landlord's laugh was ready chorus.
      - Tam o' Shanter [Laughter]

Inspiring bold John Barleycorn,
  What dangers thou canst make us scorn!
    Wi' tippenny, we fear nae evil;
      Wi' usquebae, we'll face the devil!
      - Tam o' Shanter (l. 105) [Drinking : Proverbs]

But pleasures are like poppies spread;
  You seize the flower, its bloom is shed.
    Or like the snow falls in the river,
      A moment white--then melts forever.
      - Tam o' Shanter (l. 59) [Pleasure]

Nursing her wrath to keep it warm.
      - Tam o'Shanter (l. 12) [Anger]

Ah, gentle dames! it gars we greet,
  To think how mony consels sweet,
    How mony lengthened, sage advices,
      The husband frae the wife despises.
      - Tam o'Shanter (l. 33) [Advice]

The landlady and Tam grew gracious
  Wi' favours secret, sweet and precious.
      - Tam o'Shanter (st. 7) [Wooing]

Ye banks and braes o' bonny Doon,
  How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair;
    How can ye chant, ye little birds,
      And I sae weary fu' o' care!
      - The Banks o' Doon [Doon River]

Farewell, my friends! farewell, my foes!
  My peace with these, my love with those.
    The bursting tears my heart declare;
      Farewell, the bonnie banks of Ayr.
      - The Banks of Ayr [Ayr River : Rivers]

Now simmer blinks on flowery braes,
  And o'er the crystal streamlet plays.
      - The Birks of Aberfeldy [Summer]

Comin' through the rye, poor body,
  Comin' through the rye,
    She draigl't a' her petticoatie,
      Comin' through the rye
        . . . .
          Gin a body meet a body
            Comin' through the rye,
              Gin a body kiss a body
                Need a body cry?
      - The Bob-tailed Lass,
        taken from an old song [Kisses]

And wild-scatter'd cowslips bedeck the green dale.
      - The Chevalier's Lament [Cowslips]

Gars auld claes look amaist as weel's the new.
      - The Cotter's Saturday Night [Apparel]

He wakes a portion with judicious care;
  And "Let us worship God!" he says, with solemn air.
      - The Cotter's Saturday Night (st. 12)
        [Worship]

At length his lonely cot appears in view,
  Beneath the shelter of an aged tree;
    Th' expectant wee-things, toddling, stacher thro'
      To meet their Dad, wi' flichterin noise an' glee.
      - The Cotter's Saturday Night (st. 3) [Home]

They never sought in vain that sought the Lord aright!
      - The Cotter's Saturday Night (st. 6)
        [Prayer]

Beneath the milk-white thorn that scents the evening pale.
      - The Cotter's Saturday Night (st. 9)
        [Thorn]

Cursed be the man, the poorest wretch in life,
  The crouching vassal, to the tyrant wife,
    Who has no will but by her high permission;
      Who has not sixpence but in her possession;
        Who must to her his dear friend's secret tell;
          Who dreads a curtain lecture worse than hell.
            Were such the wife had fallen to my part,
              I'd break her spirit or I'd break her heart.
      - The Henpecked Husband [Matrimony]

There's some are fou o' love divine,
  There's some are fou' o' brandy.
      - The Holy Fair (st. 30) [Drinking]

I'll pu' the budding rose, when Phoebus peeps in view,
  For its like a baumy kiss o'er her sweet bonnie mou'!
      - The Posie [Roses]

Some hae meat, and canna eat,
  And some wad eat that want it;
    But we hae meat, and we can eat,
      And sae the Lord be thankit.
      - The Selkirk Grace,
        as often attributed to him, but probably not his
        [Toasts]


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